It is estimated that 17 percent of men and 33 percent of women have varicose veins. That is over 20 million Americans who suffer from this condition. Most of these individuals who suffer from varicose veins also experience some common varicose veins symptoms such as pain, achiness and heaviness of the legs. If you are one of these unfortunate individuals there is hope, you can visit Dr. Julian Javier in Naples, FL to get rid of your varicose veins.
There are two primary causes of varicose veins; lifestyle and genetics. No matter what the cause, however, they are formed the same way. Veins are to bring blood back to the heart and to do so they have to work against gravity. When veins fail at this they will collapse under the pressure of the extra blood. This will cause painful and unwanted symptoms.
Physical Symptoms of Varicose Veins
- Itching – The increase in blood will cause your skin to stretch leading to itching of the legs.
- Heaviness – Your legs may feel heavy as a result of the increase in blood.
- Swelling – Your legs can swell due to the extra blood that is unable to circulate back to the heart against gravity.
- Throbbing – As blood increases in your veins a throbbing sensation may appear.
- Achiness – All of these symptoms combined can lead to general achiness of the affected legs.
How long does it take for the symptoms to appear?
All these symptoms may appear or you may only experience only a couple of them. Your symptoms correlate with the amount of blood that is accumulating in your legs. Symptoms can increase in severity as quickly as 24 hours. By the end of the day a large amount of blood may be pooled in your legs causing your veins to bulge leading to itchy and sore legs.
Many people suffering from varicose veins prefer to treat their symptoms at home prior to visiting a specialist. If you would like to do so we recommend watching our video that covers conservative treatment that you can do at home on your own. Trying conservative therapy for three months will give you an idea of whether or not you will need to visit a specialist. Insurance providers will require that you visit a specialist for three months for traditional compression therapy before you will receive approval for a more in-depth medical intervention.
Other Signs of Varicose Veins
There are many physical signs of varicose veins that only the individual sufferer may see and there are other visual signs apparent others. Individual signs may depend on the extent of the venous disease.
- Your veins will begin to look like long ropes that are dark purple or blue in color.
- Your skin may become hyperpigmented which is known as lipodermatosclerosis.
- Your varicose veins may begin to bleed due to the pressure of pooling blood.
- Your ankles may begin to form an ulcer.
Try Conservative Treatment.
Watch our video on implementing conservative measures first before opting for surgery. After you have tried all that you can on your own and through compression methods your doctor may then choose to remove your affected veins. Varicose veins that are treated will eliminate your symptoms.
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Talk to a Vein Specialist
Speak with Dr. Julian Javier, a board certified interventional cardiologist and endovascular specialist in Naples, Florida. He will discuss your medical history, perform a thorough exam, and what treatment options are right for you to alleviate you varicose veins symptoms.